10 Romantic Destinations in Virginia

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 | Updated: Sep 15, 2015

Comments: 17 Comments

A great dining experience is an integral part of a destination’s appeal, and I was happy to find that OpenTable recently sifted through 19,000 restaurants’ five million reviews to name the 2014 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. Wouldn’t you know it? Virginia has several nods on the list, which are included in the first four destinations below.

Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

Goodstone Inn

1. Middleburg – The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant sits in the midst of Virginia’s hunt country and offers a fine farm-to-table menu of French Country cuisine.

Stay and Play:

Goodstone Inn itself offers six distinctive dwellings.
~ Salamander Resort opened in August 2013 and can easily be described as lavishly luxurious.
~ Salamander Spa
~ Barrel Oak Winery Fine Art Gallery & Tasting Room

More about Middleburg

L'Auberge Provencale

L’Auberge Provencale

2. BoyceL’Auberge Provencale French Restaurant is ZAGAT rated and holds AAA Four Diamond status.

Stay and Play:

~ L’Auberge Provencal Bed and Breakfast has been recognized by USA Today as one of Seven Irresistible Country Retreats.
~ The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

More about Boyce

 The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner


3. Vienna/Fairfax CountyCafe Renaissance blends French with Italian and gives it a modern twist.

Stay and Play:

~ The Ritz-Carlton caters to your needs with a full service spa and upscale dining.
~ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

More about Fairfax County

 Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

4. Virginia Beach – Boasting two recommendations on the OpenTable list, Virginia Beach is a fantastic romantic destination any time of year. The Cellars is located in an authentic 1860’s farmhouse cellar, making it a truly unique experience. The menu is described as French County with a Southern flair.

The second Virginia Beach restaurant on the list is Salacia, the only AAA Four Diamond steakhouse in Virginia.

Stay and Play:

~ Church Point Manor Bed and Breakfast is the historic farmhouse in which you’ll find The Cellars. It’s full of beautiful antiques and only a mile from the Chesapeake Bay.
~ Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is home base for Salacia and is one of the most upscale resort hotels in Virginia Beach. Check out the Sky Bar, too.
~ Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

More about Virginia Beach

Keswick Hall

Keswick Hall

5. Charlottesville – Livability offers a list of Top 10 Romantic Cities and this historic area of Virginia happens to sit at number four.

Stay and Play:

~ Clifton Inn is a luxury boutique hotel of Relais & Chateaux esteem. Fewer than 20 uniquely appointed rooms and suites are available, and world-class dining is at your fingertips.
~ Keswick Hall is a “country house hotel” with 48 rooms, and is part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection.
Jefferson Vineyards
~ Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Lorien Hotel and Spa

Lorien Hotel and Spa

6. Alexandria – Amazon has released its annual list of Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S., including Alexandria at number five.

Stay and Play:

~ Morrison House is a romantic, small hotel with big acknowledgements: Mobil four-star and AAA Four Diamond.
~ Lorien Hotel and Spa is a luxury boutique hotel that is sensibly sophisticatd. Adjacent dining at BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier is a delight.
~ Potomac Riverboat Company

Additional romantic destinations you might consider:

7. Richmond: The Jefferson Hotel and Lemaire Restaurant
8. Washington: Inn at Little Washington and Inn at Little Washington Dining
9. Williamsburg: The Williamsburg Inn and Cafe Provencal
10. Orange: The Inn at Willow Grove and Elmwood at Sparks

What’s your romantic style? Leave us a comment!


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John Roman says:

Glen Hordon Manor in Huntly,VA was both romantic and had wonderful food. The hosts were fantastic, welcoming and struck the right balance of paying attention and leaving you alone. Wonderful, beautiful, well appointed and delicious place!

Mike woolard says:

How do these properties get nominated?

Casey Higgins says:

Hi Mike,
The first four were included thanks to their mention in an article (referenced in the first paragraph). The remaining properties were pulled in based on our knowledge of their offerings.

Linda Hall Drake says:

Mike Woodward-is your comment necessary? Why do you need to know-are you in the media or someone who owns a Inn?

Cindy Fairfield says:

Thank you for posting this article. I live in Virginia in Fairfax County. I have a lot of this information but not all of it. This will help me plan a late summer or early fall vacation!!!

Pauline says:

Where is the location of the article photo? That pool in the garden does not look like Virginia.

Casey Higgins says:

Each photo is captioned. The photo of the pool with the large house and garden (in the article) is L’Auberge Provencale. If you came to this page from a recent Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaIsForLovers/posts/10152879817572172), that image was from Goodstone Inn.

Lisa says:

I think your definition of romance and mine are different. If you want high dollar eateries to impress a date, you are right on the mark.

Srose says:

Right! Take me to a cabin in the mountains!

Lisa says:

Definitely beautiful scenery for the rich and famous.

Sallie says:

I love Virginia

Elizabeth B says:

A native Virgian, my romantic style changes perhaps as widely as the vast landscapes of VA. I love love the beach, I grew up there. The smells, the sounds and the sand between my salty toes. But I too love the modern candlelit city restaurants and the rolling hills surrounded by stone and roaring fires. VA has it all. ❤️

Casey says:

Goodstone Inn & Restaurant selected as one of the Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of 2014 by American Historic Inns and I Love Inns – http://www.iloveinns.com/2014-top-10-romantic-inns-2/

Casey says:

January 28, 2014: The Municipal taps Charlottesville and Harrisonburg as Top U.S. Towns for Romance: http://www.themunicipal.com/2014/01/top-u-s-towns-for-romance/

Casey says:

A day late and a dollar short, we learn that Roanoke has been included in the Top 10 Valentine’s Day Getaways alongside places like Venice, Hong Kong, and Bali. See the article: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/featured-columnists/great-destinations/valentines-day-valentines-romantic-getaways-romantic-getaways-7956.php